Thinking of you card

Hello crafty friends,

In today's post I am sharing this card with a mixed media style that isn't complex or time consuming. Plus it only required a minimum of supplies.  I only used one color, yet it looks as though several shades were used.  This effect was achieved by using simple emboss resist combined with powder watercolor.  The fun part is that even though I had a plan in mind at the start, I ended up changing my mind as I worked on it and I think it turned out better than my original idea, which was going to be a one layer card.

I stamped the large dandelion in Versamark ink from this Crackerbox & So Suzy dandelion fluff set to create a frame all around an 4.25" x 5.5" white piece of cardstock and a piece of Ranger watercolor cardstock in the same size using the smooth side.  I did not use any masking and overlapped the stamping slightly.  Just avoiding masking already makes the process quicker.  At first I expected to use just a single layer and wanted to see which panel turned out more to my liking.  The thing about using powder watercolor is you have little control over what and where the color will go.

After adding white embossing powder to both panels and heat setting I added color by using the Orchid color from Ken Olivers Colorburst Caribbean collection.  You can just buy single colors, so I included a link to both the set as well as the single color.  On regular cardstock I pre-wet the framed area with a light coat of water using a water filled brush, then sprinkled on a tiny amount of the powder around the frame area.  The color wasn't moving enough for my taste, so I spritzed the panel with more water.  I allowed the color to sit for a little bit (about two minutes) and then used a paper towel to soak up the excess water.  I liked the effect from the color being lighter and darker in different areas, giving the impression of a lot of shading.

On the watercolor cardstock I just sprinkled the water color powder on without pre-wetting the surface, then spritzed water all over the panel, waited a couple of minutes, then removed the excess color with a paper towel.  At this point I decided I liked the "middle" of the regular cardstock and the "outside" or frame of the watercolor paper.  I proceeded to create a multi-layered card.

I stamping the sentiment on the piece that had more even color in the center (the regular cardstock) with black ink.  I tore around the stamped image to get an uneven edge, then used a black Memento marker to darken the torn edges.

I layered my card as follows:  I used a piece of corrugated cardstock (dark gray) as the first layer, added the colored dandelion "frame" panel, then  popped up the sentiment layer onto foam tape.  the entire card panel was then glued to an A6 size card base (white cardstock).  The finished size of the card is 4.5" x 6.25".

I hope this will encourage you to give watercolor powder a try along with using simple emboss resist now that you see how just one color can provide a complex, multi-shaded look.

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